With 163 Member countries, IRENA plays a leading role in the energy transformation as a center of excellence for knowledge & innovation, a global voice for renewables, a network hub, and a source of advice and support for countries. It is IRENA’s mission to support countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.
Detailed, accurate, and timely data and statistics are essential for the monitoring and evaluation of renewable energy policies and deployment. IRENA helps analysts, policymakers and the public make informed decisions by providing access to comprehensive and up-to-date renewable energy data.
In March 2018 IRENA issued a report on Pakistan, which states that “Pakistan is rich in renewable energy potential, and can with this assessment develop policies, investment opportunities and energy development actions to harness it”.
The report shows that declines in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology costs have supported the sector’s growth in Pakistan, with 400 megawatts of solar PV projects in 2015-2016, helping to create over 15,500 local jobs.
In recent years, Pakistan has seen a surge in providers offering a range of solar home system products including solar water pumping systems, solar lighting solutions, and solar water heaters. With more than half of Pakistan’s total population residing in rural areas, millions remain reliant on traditional biomass use. Among Pakistan’s rural population, only half have access to electricity.
IRENA’s assessment presents options for Pakistan to strengthen its policy, regulatory and institutional framework to accelerate renewables deployment by involving the private sector, setting targets, and deploying a comprehensive distributed power plant.
Read full publications on how RE can build prosperity in Pakistan, Mar-Apr 2018: